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Montana just last year elected the "body slamming" Greg Gianforte to the House, although he lost the governors race the year before.
AlterNet, June13,2015: Montana Republican: Noah Was 600 Years Old When He Built the Ark, So Why Do Americans Need Retirement?
"Speaking at the Montana Bible College in February, Gianforte told students, “There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it’s been an accepted concept in our culture today. Nowhere does it say, ‘Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach.’ It doesn’t say that anywhere.”
“The example I think of is Noah,” Gianforte continued. “How old was Noah when he built the Ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks. He wasn’t hanging out; he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”
Is this the ideology behind the Republicans effort to slash Social Security benefits? Who needs social security if people would just work 'til their deaths...maybe to 600 years old? Noah might be the new role model for Republicans...at least those in Montana. This fact was well known by Montanans who elected him. But maybe it also had something to do with the "folk singer" opponent who the Dems put up against him...the "Bernie guy" with zero experience in government or much of anything else.
Sorry, I am off topic, but it does highlight the conflict in mindsets between those who are religiously driven, the zealots, and the science minded community. However, the biggest difference is that the zealots vote in huge numbers, and even if the young people are slowly rejecting religion, the zealots are even more energized by their religion. They are on a crusade.
I think I'll go back to star gazing.